Elon Musk personally paying for some celeb Twitter blue checks

Elon Musk personally paying for some celeb Twitter blue checks

Elon Musk ‘personally’ paying for some celebrity Twitter Blue checks, even if they don’t want them

LeBron James, Stephen King, and Ice-T claim they haven’t paid for Twitter Blue but it seems like a billionaire guardian angel’s got their back. To their chagrin.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite

Things at Twitter are going… just great.

A week after noted cool person Doja Cat dismissed the blue check mark as a sign “that you’re a complete loser” who’s “desperate for validation from famous people,” Elon Musk is buying up that validation in droves.

With big names like LeBron James and Stephen King outright refusing to pay to be blue, Musk has been paying the fees of some famous users on their behalf.

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses for a photo during the 2022 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 8, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images); Elon Musk arrives at The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue ); Stephen King visits the SiriusXM Studios on September 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

(l-r) LeBron James, Elon Musk, and Stephen King

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Ever since rolling out its Twitter Blue program, in which users pay $8, as opposed to the once-proposed $20 (thanks, Stephen King?), for that little blue check next to their names, celebs have been bailing on the idea like Netflix on a third season of pretty much anything.

LeBron declared at the end of March that he wasn’t about that life yet his profile is still sporting that verified badge. According to The Verge, a Twitter employee emailed James to “extend a complimentary subscription to Twitter Blue for your account, @kingjames, on behalf of Elon Musk.”

Musk later tweeted that he indeed was “paying for a few personally.”

Among those few are Stephen King, who basically said “F you, pay me” to Musk’s $20 fee when he first floated the idea last fall. King tweeted out that he had not, in fact, done what needed to be done to keep his precious blue mark, that is, pay the subscription fee and provide his phone number.

That’s when Musk trolled the horror author with a creepy explanation of his own: “You’re welcome namaste [prayer hands].”

Not the prayer hands, Musk!

Ice-T, in typical Ice-T fashion, did not mince words about Twitter’s blue world order, tweeting “F— that checkmark” back in March. As if Musk is keeping a list of people who had denounced his idea in the first place — he definitely is, right? — Ice-T’s profile also remains verified, despite the rapper and actor echoing King’s denials.

However, the Law & Order stalwart perhaps hit the proverbial nail on its little unverified head when he tweeted, “The fact that we’re even discussing blue check marks is a sad moment in society. Smh lol.”

Well, apparently it’s better to talk about it than pay for it.

Reps for King and Ice-T did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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